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Poster: US Blues Date: Aug 10, 2005 9:44am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Dead Lyrics

"I told Althea, that I'm a roving sign, and I was born to be a batchelor..."

"roving sign" is an astrological reference in my mind. And as a sun-sign Leo, Jerry always did put his own interests first in romance.

Another interesting lyric in Althea, which reveals more of Jerry's persona, was changed very early on by Jerry. Sang it in August and September of 1979 as:

"...honest to the point of innocence,
self-centered to the extreme..."

Beginning in October 79 it became:

"...honest to the point of recklessness..."

PS: Purple Gel, are you going to the Rocks Saturday for Sound Tribe and Trey?

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Aug 10, 2005 9:22pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Dead Lyrics

I agree w/this poster..."I'm a roving sign" is definitely the line, and IMHO it is most certainly a reference to being the kind of person, probably by astrological make-up, who can't be tied down to one woman. Of course, the wonderful irony occurs when Althea says "OK, that's fine", and Jerry says "So now i'm trying to catch her."

Damn, I love that song!

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Poster: droncit Date: Aug 10, 2005 8:27pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Dead Lyrics

Since Hunter wrote the lyrics, I doubt it has anything to do with Garcia's love life. I think it's an old term for a rover. If I had to guess, I would guess it's a remnant from early advertising - having people go out to small towns to advertise the idea of a minstrel troupe coming to town. The earliest reference I found to the term was the 1890s, which is why I thought of minstrel troupes.